Review Date: September 19, 2002
Director: Brian Koppelman, David Levien
Writer: Brian Koppelman, David Levien
Producers: Lawrence Bender
Barry Pepper as Matty Demaret
Vin Diesel as Taylor Reese
John Malkovich as Teddy Deserve
Unfortunately, the other two friends in the pack aren't as developed, with Andrew Davoli playing the good-looking but relatively empty charmer, while Seth Green just plain looked out of place. I usually like the dude in pretty much anything, but both he and Pepper's phony-looking jet-black hair stood out like my peepee every morning. The other two big names in the film are Dennis Hopper, who does okay but also wasn't as developed as I would have liked (he's Pepper's father for God's sakes...let's see a little more back-story between the two) and John Malkovich, who plays yet another goofy over-the-top accented character named Teddy (not by coincidence either, since the dudes who wrote his Russian character of Teddy in ROUNDERS are the same guys who wrote and directed this film). Oh yeah, I almost forgot to mention Tom Noonan, who is his usual creepy self as the local prick sheriff. As for the story itself, it starts off a little slow but does eventually gain momentum once the dudes get to the hick town and I was also pleasantly surprised to see the script take a "darker" turn by its conclusion. The directing was also competent but somewhat uneventful, and could certainly have been livened up with a little more style and a lot more sauce in its soundtrack. But as it stands, I would still recommend this movie since it does feature a pretty solid cast and characters (especially Pepper), a pumped-up Vin Diesel "going tanktop" on our ass, driving bullets through bad guys a la Chow Yun-Fat and a pretty neat story for the most part (I was never bored). Just don't go expecting anything to truly knock you upside the head and you should be okay.